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Accounting and finance students receive career guidance at employability event

Students from Middlesex’s accounting and finance courses receive crucial advice from accounting professional bodies at event hosted by Accounting and Finance Department and MDXWorks

Faisal Khan, Senior Manager at ICAEW, talking to a student at Meet the ProfessionsFaisal Khan, Senior Manager at ICAEW, talking to a student at the Meet the Professions event

Representatives of the major English accounting professional bodies recently attended an employability event at Middlesex University to inform students about the career paths available to them once they graduate.

The annual Meet the Professions event, hosted by lecturers from the Business School's Accounting and Finance Department in collaboration with the University’s employability service, gives first year students the information they need to begin the process of becoming professional accountants once they graduate.

Ellie Franklin, Senior Lecturer in Finance at Middlesex, says the event is a valuable opportunity for students to get familiar with their career options before they graduate.

“Often students have no idea how to become chartered accountants. They don’t know they have to do further study after university and have work experience,” she says.

“This event is an opportunity for them to understand the role of the professional bodies early on in year one. They get to meet people from the industry and hear more about their future options.”

Faisal Khan, Senior Manager at the ICAEW and Middlesex alumnus, felt privileged to return to the University and give advice to current students some 15 years after his own graduation.

“When I graduated we didn’t have events like this to provide information,” he says.

“This is a great way to start building relationships, the students are able to take the knowledge and contacts from today and work towards becoming qualified accountants.”

“Middlesex is a special place, I spent three memorable years here and it’s changed a lot. I come back as often as I can to give talks and workshops, and it’s always a great experience,” Faisal Khan, Senior Manager at ICAEW and Middlesex alumnus

Meet the Professions is supported by MDXWorks, the student employability service at Middlesex. Ladi Mohammed, Employability Partner – Business School, says events like this are essential for students’ career development.

“This initiative is especially important from an employability point of view as it informs our students of what the relevant professional bodies set as their formal route for qualification, covering examinations and assessment, competence and experience required, and standards for professional ethics,” she says.

“Our students gain an insight into what life will look like as an accounting professional where a professional qualification is essential to practice.”

Jonathan Barber and colleague from the Institute of Financial AccountantsJonathan Barber and colleague from the Institute of Financial Accountants at Meet the Professions

Jonathan Barber, Head of Business Development for the Institute of Financial Accountants, attended the Meet the Professions event to make students aware of the many diverse opportunities available to future accountants with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

“Many students are thinking about the big, blue-chip, branded organisations in front of them – we’re here to tell them there are 5.4 million private sector enterprises in the UK offering employment opportunities, the majority of which are SMEs.”

Meet the Professions is one of many employability events provided for students by the accounting and finance department. Last year they hosted a “speed meeting” event at which 30 employers held short mock interviews and provided feedback on students’ CVs.

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